• 19
    Oct

West Palm Beach Antiques Festival Owners Consolidate Interest, Plan Upgrades

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – West Palm Beach Antiques Festival owners, Bill and Kay Puchstein, consolidated their ownership position of the show—the largest in Florida—by acquiring the partial interest formerly owned by Jim and Yvonne Tucker. Under the Puchsteins, some things will remain the same, such as the highly popular Early Buyer’s admission policy on […]

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  • 14
    Oct

This Week in Geek 10/14/09

It must be October because the Marvel Zombie Variants are back. All month Marvel will be releasing Zombified variants of several of their regular monthly titles. Most of the Variants seem to be shipping 1:10 so expect to see prices in the $7 to $10 range. The Marvel Zombies aren’t the only monsters on the […]

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  • 13
    Oct

The Floundering of Antiques Shows: Eight Ways to Bring Customers Back

An Ohio reader’s e-mail begins: “As a soon to be 30-year dealer, I want to weigh in on (the issue of the death of antiques shows). Our area is currently watching the demise of one of its premier shows. It is not the dealers or buyers that are to blame. It is the show promoter. […]

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  • 13
    Oct

Everyman’s Desk – The History of the Larkin Desk

The term “Larkin Desk” is a familiar one to most collectors and buyers of older and antique furniture, especially to those who favor furniture from the “Golden Oak” era around the turn of the 20th century. In fact, the phrase has become so familiar that the original meaning and source may be a little obscure. […]

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  • 13
    Oct

Stevens Auction Co. to Host Pair of Estate Sales with a Southern Flair

ABERDEEN, Miss. – For collectors interested in redecorating with a Southern flair, October promises to offer some great opportunities, as the Stevens Auction Company will host a pair of auctions this month featuring art, antiques and furniture from several Southern estates. One will be held at the firm’s gallery in Aberdeen on Saturday, Oct. 17. […]

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  • 13
    Oct

Collector’s Minute: An Art and Architecture Glossary

Art and architecture, like all other fields of interest, have interesting words and terms. Here is a quick guide to some of the styles and terms found in our worlds of art and architecture. Abstract Expressionism: This is a type of painting which developed in New York in the 1940s in which painting a recognizable […]

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  • 13
    Oct

Anatomy of an Auction – The Auctioneer’s Percentage

QUESTION: If I sell some of my collectibles at auction, what percentage should I expect to pay an auctioneer? – Marti, via email ANSWER: The answer to your question is . . . it depends . . . on a lot of variables. • First: Before quoting a commission rate, the auctioneer is going to […]

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  • 12
    Oct

Weekly News Roundup: October 12 to October 16

In art, antiques and collectibles news, a renowned toy collector dies, a drawing turns out to be a da Vinci and soprano Beverly Sills’ personal items are sold. From Auction News Central: Antique toy collector, KB Toys co-founder Donald Kaufman, 79 Some sad news. Donald Kaufman, a founder of KB Toys, has died. In the […]

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  • 12
    Oct

Collector Books Issues New Editions of Popular Volumes

Collector Books is proud to announce the publication of five new editions of its popular books, and is offering a special discounts on books that will last through Nov. 11, 2009. While this special discount is in effect, you can get 20 percent off anything you order. Even if you order six books and get […]

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  • 12
    Oct

Auction Report: ‘Peanuts’ Strip, Signed ‘Lord of the Rings’ Set Highlight Weiss Auction

OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – A 3-volume set of the iconic “Lord of the Rings” trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien, with one of the books signed by the author himself, sold for $14,600 at a two-day weekend multi-estate sale held Oct. 3-4 by Philip Weiss Auctions. The books were in very good condition and all had their original […]

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